What to consider when changing majors

By Nadine Armstrong

As students get more into classes, they might find that they do not want to pursue their major anymore and try a new one. According to Yuritzy Ramos of Borderzine, 80 percent of students have changed their major at least once before graduating.

Things to consider

Before changing majors, students can talk to an advisor, professor or someone that they look up to. Some classes are meant to be hard so students can see what the job might be like later. If a student only likes one part of the major, they can look to see if that can be a major of its own.

Shannon Herbert, an advisor at Butler of El Dorado, says, “Look at the college you want to transfer to.”

Some colleges may only take the general education classes in one or both majors a student is deciding between. Advisors can help find information on what the 4-year colleges will take, and can help decide what classes an undecided student should enroll in.

Students might want to change their major because they’re afraid they will not be able to find a job. According to the University of La Verne, California, 40-60 percent of jobs the future has to offer have yet to be created.

Also, some employers just want to know if applicants have a degree, because that shows they are willing to learn new things.

Letting go of a major

There are two ways students can go about changing their major: starting with Pipeline, or meeting with an advisor. Tristen Landreth has changed her major twice since she has been at Butler. She started as a music major, before changing to teaching. Now, she is majoring in Religion and Philosophy.

With each new major, Landreth changed where she would transfer after Butler. She looked into Wichita State University after graduation because it was the only school that had what she wanted to do with music. When majoring in teaching, she wanted to transfer to Emporia State University because of the BEST (Butler/Emporia Student to Teacher) program they offer.

Now, she has a new plan.

“I want to go to Friends University in Wichita because of the Christian faith atmosphere,” Landreth says. “I feel that I can learn and achieve what I want there.”

“Changing majors had to do with faith. I did not feel that God was calling me to do that,” Landreth says. “I wasn’t excited to go to class and I didn’t feel like I was moving forward.”

Landreth’s advice to students who are thinking about changing majors is to go ahead with it.

“If you’re unsure about what you’re going into, you can always change it back. If you don’t love what you’re doing, you don’t need to be doing it,” she says.


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